A Relaxed and Intimate Celebration at Grand Isle Lake House

Tucked away in the Champlain Islands on the pristine waters of Lake Champlain, you’ll find the charming Grand Isle Lake House. This remarkable venue paints a picture of tranquility and charm, setting the stage for a romantic, intimate wedding like no other! When planning their wedding, Lucy and Russell knew Grand Isle Lake House would be the perfect backdrop for their vision of a laid back garden party celebration and we are excited to share it with you all today.

An Unforgettable Garden Party Wedding

In a world filled with extravagant wedding decor and elaborate themes, this garden party wedding at the Grand Isle Lake House embraced simplicity in the most beautiful way. Lucy and Russell, alongside their wedding planner Willow Hill Design Co., intentionally opted for a clean and minimalistic aesthetic, allowing the natural beauty of the Champlain Islands to take center stage during their ceremony.

A beautiful ground floral arch, designed by Clayton Floral, was made up lush greenery and soft hues of green, white, peach and purple.

We also have to take a moment to highlight the couple’s style. Lucy donned a sleek and timeless A line gown and a natural makeup look by Jennifer Perellie MakeupRussell went for a twist on his formal wear, sporting a green suit. The wedding party, on both sides, adorned hues of green, gray, and blue, which flawlessly accentuated the stunning surroundings of the outdoor nuptials.

An Intimate and Relaxed Reception

To get the party started, a  4- piece band played for guests on the Grand Isle Lake House’s scenic wraparound porch during cocktail hour.

Lucy and Russell’s August celebration was beautifully adorned with customized menus, floral bunting flags, and a dried wildflower escort display created by RH Design House, embodying the perfect balance of casual and elegance throughout the entirety of the day.

Over at the reception tent, a symphony of scents filled the air as terracotta pots filled to the brim with fresh lavender were placed strategically throughout. The vibrant purple hues of the lavender contrasted beautifully with the earthy tones of the pots, creating an eye-catching feature around the stage and dance floor. The décor, while grand in its display, was thoughtfully designed to amplify the natural charm of the venue rather than overshadow it.

Off to the side of the reception tent was a seating area complete with bistro lighting for guests looking to escape the lively dance floor and partake in casual conversation. As the night progressed, the laughter grew louder, the conversations deeper, and the connections stronger. 

 

This memorable gathering was more than just a wedding; it was a celebration of love and unity that is sure to be fondly remembered for years to come!

More on Grand Isle Lake House

Grand Isle Lake House is tucked away in the idyllic Champlain Islands. With beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, onsite accommodations and more, this wedding venue is a relaxing, lakeside oasis! The serene property boasts13 beautiful guest roomswith exquisite woodwork and historic details. The expansive wraparound porch offers a stunning 270 degree view and is large enough for ceremonies, cocktail hours, to plated, buffet or family style dinners.

Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Jennifer Perellie – Makeup Artist

Jennifer Perellie is an award-winning, internationally published professional freelance makeup artist. She focuses on enhancing the natural beauty of her clients. Known for flawless beauty makeup, Jennifer’s focus is on creating a look that results in the best version of you!

Vendors:

Venue: Grand Isle Lake House, Planning & Design: Willow Hill Design Co., Stationary: RH Designs VT,  Photography: The Light and Color, Florals: Clayton Floral, Catering: Let’s Pretend Catering, Bar: Fluid Bar Service, Band: The Cool Rulers, Rentals: Vermont Tent Company,  Lounge Rental: Wild Fern Boutique VT, Hair: Jessica Murphy Hair, Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Makeup

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This DIY Vermont Wedding Combined Cultural Traditions in a Beautiful Way

Love was in the air in when Savannah and Dr. James Liu tied the knot at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Growing up, Savannah had always imagined a wedding in the picturesque state of Vermont where she was born and had spent countless summers. And with James by her side, her dreams finally came true in an unforgettable celebration surrounded by family and friends.

Creating Personal Touches with DIY Projects

When the Savannah and James began the wedding planning process, the most important thing to them was that the wedding weekend felt intentional and incorporated aspects from both American and Taiwanese culture. What better way to do this than to craft many of the elements themselves?

Let’s start with their handmade invitation suite. Savannah had the idea to incorporate postage stamps that nodded to different elements of their journey. These included stamps from Washington DC, where James proposed, to an ambulance, to reflect James’s career as a doctor. 

One of the biggest projects Savannah worked on was a Senbazuru display. Senbazuru, also known as one thousand cranes, is an origami display considered as a symbol of good health, happiness and long life. This display was a stunningly beautiful tribute to Taiwanese culture and added quite the wow-factor to their reception decor!

The color red was used throughout the day in floral arrangements and in Savannah’s reception dress. Red is considered a festive color in Taiwan, symbolizing good fortune and happiness, which makes it a popular choice for celebratory occasions. Classic ivory linens provided by The Linen Shop helped this bold hue truly shine in every design element. Savannah’s bridal makeup, done by Jennifer Perellie, not only complimented her traditional bridal gown, but also her red reception dress. (Love!)

The wedding celebration was a perfect blend of heartwarming speeches, lively dancing with 802 Events spinning the right records all night long and playful moments captured in the photo booth provided by Pixel Pod. As the night drew to a close, guests gathered to witness a dazzling fireworks display before bidding farewell to Savannah and James in a magical sparkler exit! 

Vendors:

Venue: Riverside Farm, Florist: Jayson Munn Design, Photographer: Melissa Lynn Images, Hair: Jubilance Salon, Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Makeup, Transport: Tri State Transportation, Catering: Vermont Farms Catering, Band: Silver Arrow Band, Videographer: Toast Wedding Films, Rentals: Vermont Vintage Rentals, Lighting: Esquire Events, Linens: The Linen Shop, DJ: 802 Events.

Best of 2022: Just Married Moments

Can you believe this is our final installment in our Best of 2022 series?! It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than a look at one of our favorite parts of any wedding: those precious just married moments. 

Editorial Picks for Just Married Moments

The emotions of being pronounced newlywed is unparalleled, and while many of these features could fit under several categories, we think this important moment deserves to be celebrated in it’s own right! Check out our editorial picks for the best just married moments of the year, and see who you picked for your favorite in our Readers Choice Awards below!

Smiles & Sunshine

Everything about this moment at Sterling Ridge Resort is bright and sunny: the weather, the traditional Bengali wedding attire, the sunflower wedding arch by Flower Power VT, and of course, the couple’s beaming smiles.
 
Photo: Elizabeth Rogers Photography 

Cruisin’ Together

These two outfitted their old military style jeep with a “just married” sign, and took off for a drive together after the ceremony. You can feel that just married excitement in this clip!

Film: EightZero2 Productions

 

Party Parade

Following their ceremony at Inn at Weathersfield, this couple led their guests in a parade to their reception! This is such a fun way to get the party started!

Photo: GarrenTee Photography

Sunset Dip

This photo is all romance! The couple stole away for some evening portraits, and the groom practically swept his bride off her feet! Won’t lie, we’re swooning a bit.

Photo: Love Wins Photography

The Flip

This couple walked into their Mansfield Barn ready to start the party with a very impressive flip and a shot! Talk about a memorable, fun entrance! We can only imagine how fun the rest of the night must have been!

Lifted High

One of the most iconic moments at a Sugarbush Resort is the “Just Married” private chairlift ride after your ceremony! It’s an amazing opportunity to soak in the day privately with your partner, and get some killer photos!

Photo: Oliver Parini Photography

The Aisle Kiss (Readers Choice Winner)

This couple was so excited to be married, they barely made it to the end of the aisle before stealing another kiss! Too sweet!
 

Sparkling First Dance

NJOY Weddings & Events planned this stunning Indian wedding celebration, which featured one of the most epic first dances we’ve ever seen! Sparklers and smoke surround the elegant couple, but they only have eyes for each other…this just married moment is straight out of a movie! 
 
Photo: Virdee Films

Arriving in Style

This couple arrived to their Farmhouse Flowers VT in style on a motorcycle complete with streamers! We love this fun, unique entrance! 

 
 

Wildly in Love

I love the expressions on their faces following their Wild Sugar Homestead ceremony! You can just feel their “oh my gosh, we did it!” excitement. Such a beautiful moment of pure joy.

Photo: Hallie Jade Pictures

 
 

Romance in the River

This couple stole away for a private moment during their Lareau Farm Inn wedding to explore the area together. It’s a great reminder to take a few minutes on your wedding day with just your partner to check in, soak it in, and steal a kiss!
 
 

Confetti Blast

This post-ceremony confetti blast at ECHO is one of the most epic we’ve ever seen! The colors, the applause, the passionate embrace…we’re giddy just looking at it! 

Photo: Sam Simons

Streaming Love

This couple ran through a tunnel of streamers after their ceremony, resulting in some huge smile and amazing photos! This is a great, unique alternative to a flower toss!
 

A Cheeky Farewell

The bride’s makeup, courtesy of Jennifer Perellie, was the only thing left on for this late night, naked pond dive! It’s a cheeky, very fun, and (we’re guessing) refreshing way to end a wedding night and celebrate the start of the next chapter!
 
Photo: Carl Heyerdahl
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Best of 2022: Wedding Style

This year like never before, couples slayed their wedding photos in style. From elegant, timeless looks to one of a kind outfits, Vermont couples came dressed to impress!

Check out the style inspiration below in our editor’s picks for Best of 2022 Style, and scroll to see who you voted for your Readers Choice Awards pick! 

In Vogue

This unbelievably chic couple looks like they stepped out of the pages of Vogue. Jennifer Perellie created a sophisticated look for the bride that complimented their unique elopement style perfectly.

Photo: Illume by Paul Reynolds

Timeless Beauties

This couple’s style is as elegant as it is timeless! His black tux, from McNeil and Reedy and her embellished gown from Fiori Bridal, are stunning choices for their wedding at The Essex. (And if the arbor by Tipsy Tulip Designs looks familiar, it’s because it was a pick for the best florals of 2022!) 

Photo: Amy Demos Photography

The Two for One 

Just look at the ruffles on her skirt – how can you help but soon?! This Veilmonté Bridal Showroom gown had a surprise though; not only was it perfect for a romantic ceremony but the skirt detached revealing a sleak, ready-to-dance reception dress. Amazing. 

Black Beauty

This bride was determined to show off her darker style in her wedding attire, and she nailed it! Her black lace top and dip dyed skirt combo are stunning. (She even painted her nails black to match!) 

Photo: Madison Anne Studio

Shades of Green

Jaclyn Watson planned this stunning wedding which featured shades of green from the wedding party to the decor. This bridal party totally nailed the mismatched look with their coordinated green dresses. I especially love how their bouquets kept in the same green and white palette, perfectly complimenting the style. 

Photo: Kelsey Regan Photography

Classy and Classic

I love this timeliness look by Fawn MUA! The subtle makeup and lush lashes compliment her traditional gown and beaded veil perfectly. Perfection.

Photo: Rob Springs Photography

The Winter Wow

This is what happens when your wedding party not understands the assignment but completely rocks it. From the goggles to the boots to the fur shawls, this wedding party has the après party look locked down!

Photo: Juniper Studios

Black and White Beauties (Readers Choice Awards)

The bride’s beaded black suit is truly unlike anything I’ve seen before; I’m obsessed! Add to that her beloved in a stunningly elegant white gown and the wildly lush bouquets by M’s Wedding Flowers and I’m rendered speechless. Their entire look is a showstopper! 

Photo: Colette Kulig Photography

The Cape Sweep

This glamorous couple works in theatre, so it came to no surprise to planner Odyssey Events that they understood drama! The bridal cape adds an unparalleled sense of drama and elegance to their classic look.

Photo: Savannah Brown

Wild and Wonderful

Photographer Hallie Jade got married this year at Wild Sugar, the venue her and husband own and maintain. I love their colorful style – from her veil to their wedding party…it’s a little wild, and totally wonderful. 

Photo: Jessica Dantowitz (Miranda Photo Co., second shooter)

Modern Love

I love the contrast between the clean, modern lines of the space (how cool is that metal arbor?) with the lush, colorful flowers by Yanique Events. Designed by Ehmann Events, this look is so fresh and lovely! 

Photo: Isora Lithgow Creations

Radiant in Red

The bride wore a stunning red sari for her Sikh marriage ceremony, known as the ‘Anand Karaj’, meaning blissful union.  This grand, multi-day event was planned by NJoy Weddings & Events. From the rich colors to her sparkling jewels to her natural excitement, this bride is positively radiant! 
 
Photo: Virdee Films 

The Getaway Look

I love this bride’s feathered jacket for the most perfect getaway outfit! It adds a touch of whimsy and elegance to their sparkler exit.

Photo: Idena Beach Photography

French Fête

This couple’s celebration was inspired by classic French culture (they even shared their first dance to a classic French song!). The bride wore an off the shoulder gown, and the groom wore a white tux jacket. The elegant style was mirrored by their decor, including the lush florals by Anaphora Flowers. Each detail provided the perfect ambience for their intimate fête.
 

Nailing It

I love this close up shot of the bride’s bedazzled nails. The design is fun and glitzy, and the neutral color palette keeps it sophisticated. Hands down, a great look! 

Photo: Jess Rene Photo

Dark and Dreamy  

This couple embraced their dark side with a color palette that was both dreamy and dramatic! It’s a great choice for their emotional fall wedding (just try to watch their vows without crying). 
 
 
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BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

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Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Flowers
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

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MEET MAKEUP ARTIST JENNIFER PERELLIE

Every bride wants to feel confident on her wedding day, which is why a talented makeup artist plays a key role on your wedding day. Jennifer Perellie is an award-winning, internationally-published makeup artist. With over a decade’s worth of experience, she’s helped countless brides feel their best on their big day. She sat down with Vermont Weddings to share a bit about herself and how she became an in-demand makeup artist.

How did you get into wedding makeup?
I worked on counter for a big makeup company while freelancing on location for film and photoshoots. I booked a wedding through conversation one day, and completely fell in love with the whole experience! I knew right from the first wedding that it was a perfect fit for me. Luckily, the Vermont wedding industry is very welcoming, and it did not take long before I was working weddings full time. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a supportive and talented community. 

How would you describe your style?
I truly think the most beautiful makeup is what I’d call enhancing makeup. I prefer a natural, fresh face that enhances a bride’s beauty. I excel in creating ethereal, perfectly-blended makeup with a subtle glow that stays put all day.

What inspires your work?
The power of makeup inspires me. I love how even the most subtle change or addition can make the biggest difference. For example, I love how a bold red lip can make me feel confident. Makeup not only sets the mood – it can change it completely. It’s really is a powerful tool that can be used to convey emotion. It’s also just so much fun!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 
Definitely the moment the bride is done with her hair and makeup, gets into her wedding dress and sees herself in the mirror for the first time. It’s a wonderful moment to witness. 

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding makeup artist or about wedding makeup in general? 
First I recommend that they look closely at portfolios. Even though makeup is creative, look for consistency in the work. Look for closeups, zoom in on the work and really see it! Look at the style of the work. If you gravitate towards their style that’s a good sign. 

Professionalism is just as important as talent. Not only will you need a MUA who you can trust with executing your vision, you also need someone who is organized and responsive with communication and follow-through. 

Investment is also important to consider. Price matches talent and experience. A seasoned makeup artist who excels in their field is going to be a bigger investment but it’s absolutely worth it.

Lastly, make sure you like your makeup artist and feel comfortable around them. You will be spending a lot of time together along with your closest family and friends on the morning of your wedding. It’s important to like who will be helping you all get ready during those moments before the ceremony begins.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?
My favorite thing to do is pack up my truck and head out for a day of kayaking.

If you weren’t a wedding makeup artist, what would you do?
Before my career in makeup I was a working mixed media artist. I have sold paintings all around the world. If it wasn’t for the creative outlet I have with makeup, I would probably still be painting professionally. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have a painting on an album cover of the songwriter who wrote Taylor Danes “Tell It To My Heart”.

 

Thank you, Jennifer! Learn more and contact Jennifer in the vendor guide.

AN ELEGANT BARN WEDDING AT THE INN AT THE ROUND BARN FARM

Laura and Travis, both native Vermonters, met their sophomore year at UVM and have been together ever since. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to tie the knot in the Green Mountain state. 

Laura says she and Travis knew the The Inn at Round Barn Farm was their ideal venue. “The barn is in an idyllic setting, surrounded by lush greenery. And it gave us options to host outside or inside,” she says.

The couple partnered with planner Wink and Willow to bring their dream of a rustic barn wedding with modern, elegant touches to life. Other personalized touches included Laura’s dress change (complete with denim jacket), an appearance from the couple’s adorable pup, and a custom pink neon sign with their wedding hashtag. The result was, in a single word: stunning.

Photo of bride and groom standing outside the Inn at the Round Barn Farm on wedding day in Waitsfield, Vermont

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Venue: Inn at the Round Barn Farm | Photography: RODEO & CO.| Makeup Artist: JENNIFER PERELLIE – MAKEUP ARTIST | Wedding Florist: IN FULL BLOOM | Second Dress: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE | Wedding DJ: TOP HAT ENTERTAINMENT| Styling: WINK AND WILLOW | Rentals:CHICKADEE HILL | First Dress: EVERTHINE BRIDAL | Hair: CHRISTINA DEMAG

ROMANTIC FALL WEDDING AT BOYDEN FARM

Every season has its own unique beauty, but there is something special about autumn in Vermont. For Lauren and Joe, the season offered the perfect backdrop to their October wedding the Barn at Boyden Farm. “We wanted friends and family, especially those who had never been to Vermont, to experience the beauty the Green Mountains has to offer!” says Lauren. “Being late October, we were blessed with both foliage and snow capped mountains.”

Lauren, originally from the Northeast Kingdom, and Joe, who grew up skiing in Vermont, met in Atlanta through mutual friends. They said it was a no-brainer to celebrate their wedding back in the state they both loved. 

Vermont Fall Wedding Details

Because of the early chill, guests were greeted with blankets, hand warmers and spiked cider to stay warm during the outdoor ceremony, which took place under an arbor built by the bride’s dad with driftwood from her childhood home. 

Some of the couple’s favorite moments were in the quiet, small details of the day. Joe fondly remembers watching Lauren walk down the aisle, noting her veil glowed in the evening sun. Lauren says her favorite moment was the vows. “Joe had rescued two kittens for me a year before we got married,” she explains. “and he had written his vows on a kitty card. I was so nervous, but when I saw the card, I couldn’t help but smile and feel at ease.” 

Photo of bride and groom in front of tractor at fall wedding at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Vermont

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Venue: THE BARN AT BOYDEN FARM| Photographer: GARTER AND WHISKEY | Makeup Artist: JENNIFER PERELLIE – MAKEUP ARTIST| Hair Stylist: BEAUTY BY CHELSEY | Florals: FLORAL ARTISTRY | Catering: BLACK DIAMOND BARBEQUE | Band: A HOUSE ON FIRE